A Mexican police officer from the town of Escobedo, two hours from the U.S. border, has been suspended after she posed for a topless picture while on duty.
Nidia Garcia was photographed armed and in uniform, and the picture later circulated on social media, Daily Mail reported.
Garcia was subsequently suspended from her duties pending an investigation.
“I was wrong in letting myself be photographed in my hours of work while still wearing the uniform of an officer,” Garcia wrote in an apology on Facebook, according to the Daily Mail.
“I want to ask a huge apology to the secretary of security and justice of proximity and more to my municipality general Escobedo for this immoral act on my part,” she added.
It is still unclear whether the mother of two took the picture herself or was assisted by a colleague.
“I feel disgusted by the great damage caused and the damage done mainly to my two daughters, followed by my husband, my parents, brothers and entire family,” Garcia wrote.
A spokesman for the state of Nuevo Leon explained what would happen next.
“She was immediately reprimanded and is currently at the mercy of the state’s internal police [Honor] and Justice Commission, which will be determining the next steps to be taken,” he said.
The same day Garcia published the picture, three murders took place in Escobedo. Drug gangs are reportedly heavily active in the area.
“This is the sort of stupidity that our police get up to rather than protecting our communities from criminals,” one critic wrote online.
Others saw the matter less seriously, with one user noting she hadn’t hurt anyone.
Other police forces in Mexico have been accused of sexual harassment towards female officers. A week before Garcia’s picture appeared online, two female officers launched a complaint against police in Queretaro. They allege their male superiors subjected them to an inspection where they made comments on their physical appearance, according to The Guardian.